Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens)


Deer Grass

Muhlenbergia rigens

Deer Grass is a hardy perennial clumping ornamental grass that has many uses in landscapes – from being effective for erosion control to adding a beautiful effect when mass planted. Muhlenbergia rigens is a native Californian, featuring green foliage and showy wheat colored blooms in the fall. We also love to plant them because they are so easy to grow and are considered by many to be one of the most beautiful of all the native California bunchgrasses. They grow very fast so they can reach their mature size quickly!

These are very easy care plants and we commonly plant them as ground covers where they love to grow with full sun or light shade exposure. These are an essential plant for anyone desiring a native or wild garden habitat. Once established, they have low to moderate watering needs and are heat as well as drought tolerant. If you are looking for a plant that can slow runoff, Deer Grass is also useful for that purpose, especially when they are planted along driveways or along the street edge!

Ready to revamp your landscape? We can help! Palm Paradise has all the best plants and trees you want for a beautiful landscape, grown only from our private stock of premium quality specimens. We offer professional landscape design services and are happy to help you select the perfect specimens for your landscaping needs. At our huge nursery we have the perfect trees and plants available, including this hardy native grass!

  • Also known as Meadow Muhly
  • Compact fountain form
  • Clumping ornamental grass
  • California Indians commonly used them for making baskets
  • Showy wheat colored blooms in the fall
  • Tolerates sand, clay and seasonal flooding
  • In their natural setting often found along the Southern California coast in sandy gravelly places, canyons and washes as part of the chaparral community
  • Very easy care
  • Water wise


Perennial clumping landscape grass

Thrives in full to low sunlight

Wheat colored blooms in fall